If you are a Yoga instructor who is teaching one or more students who are recovering from surgery or living with a chronic illness, modifying the practice in order to tailor the intensity level to each student's current ability is critically important. The awareness and application of therapeutic Yoga asanas, breathing exercises and contemplative practices can be profoundly healing to students who are working toward regaining their health. Your inner attitude or “bhav” towards your students' efforts in Yoga class can also substantially impact the healing effect of the class on your students.
In fact, when you are teaching a Yoga class, mentally holding the image of your students in your conscious awareness as whole and vibrantly healthy will help to support your students in seeing themselves the same way. As your Yoga students begin to mentally shift from focusing on what may not be working correctly in their bodies to the parts of their bodies that are healthy and strong, they will begin to align themselves with a state of strength and well-being. This internal shift from a negative to a positive perspective about their bodies will also help to offset depression, which so often accompanies serious illness, injury or a lengthy recuperation from a major surgery. To be more enlightened about Teaching Yoga to Students Recovering from Surgery or Living with Chronic Illness: Contemplative Practices visit www.yoga-teacher-training.org.
Insomnia can be a difficult condition to treat. There are several causes of insomnia and these can include hormonal fluctuations, stress, medical problems and emotional issues. Insomnia is a complicated and highly-individualized condition and in reality, there isn't a single cure for it. However, yoga has been known to alleviate insomnia. Certain asanas promote calmness and serenity that can lead to better sleep.
Some of these asanas are inversions, but not everyone should be doing inversions due to health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, eye problems, previous stroke epilepsy and more. Discuss inversions with your physician before doing them. If you are cleared by your doctor and you are suffering from insomnia, here are some inverted yoga asanas (poses) to try just before bedtime.
Inverted Poses – All inverted yoga poses are practices that help you sleep better. This can especially alleviate insomnia caused by hormonal changes. One inversion to try is Halasana or the Plow Pose. In this posture, you do not have to be perfect as long as you are achieving the proper posture. It is important to coordinate your breathing with your movements. To be more enlightened about Therapeutic Yoga Asanas for Insomnia? visit www.yoga-teacher-training.org.
Springtime is upon us, and for many Yoga practitioners who live in areas that experience long winters, the increasing light and warmth of this season is very welcome. Just like the seasons in temperate climate zones, there are also different types of Yoga practices. Some practices are cooling, and other sequences of asanas are quite warming. For example, practices that are cooling and restorative are Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Practices that are quite warming are Ashtanga and Bikram Yoga. Both of these types of flowing sequences will help to stoke the inner fire or agni of your students.
Additionally, by choosing to incorporate asanas that are physically strengthening and vigorous in nature into your Yoga class, you will create a purifying and energizing experience for your students. During the increasing warmth of the spring and summer months, especially after a long, cold winter, your students may very much enjoy and benefit from a class that substantially increases their energy level, boosts their metabolism and invigorates their inner agni or fire. A vinyasa-based class, that includes a number of standing asanas, balancing postures and core strengthening exercises, will generate a cleansing and energizing experience for your Yoga students.
* Side Plank Pose or Vasisthasana
Side Plank Pose is a balancing asana that definitely generates more agni or inner fire. It is usually practiced towards the end of the standing poses. Side Plank Pose is very strengthening for the entire side of the body, arms, wrists and ankles. Side Plank Pose also strengthens the entire torso region and opens up the shoulders, upper back and throat areas. To practice Side Plank Pose, instruct your students to move through a vinyasa and pause in Downward Facing Dog. To be more enlightened about Increasing Agni in your Yoga Class: Side Plank Pose visit www.yoga-teacher-training.org.
Yoga has long been believed to be the most comprehensive whole body fitness regime around. But it is the beneficial side effects that are of real value to the individual. Practicing yoga tones the body, stimulates the nervous system to work more effectively, aids digestion and increases flexibility. However it also works on a deeper level by creating a new mindfulness that leaves the individual feeling calm, relaxed and more at ease.
Society today is very different from 100 years ago. Modern technology, poor dietary and fitness habits coupled with a fast paced lifestyle can take a toll on the human body. What is not commonly realised is that stress can affect your body in many different areas, causing conditions that may be seen as usual or normal but are in fact directly related to how your body handles pressure.
There are several hormones and chemicals within the body that are linked to stress. Most of these originate from one area- the adrenal gland. The most important and well known hormone is cortisol. This hormone can alter the immune system's response and also suppress the digestive tract, normal growth processes and the entire reproductive system. To be more enlightened about The Benefits of Yoga Practice in Relation to Stress visit www.yoga-teacher-training.org.
Practising yoga consistently can be extremely rewarding. Yoga can be practised in various forms such as pranayama or breathing exercises, meditation, and yogasanas or yoga postures. Furthermore, yoga can be practised by anyone – young or elderly, athlete or a normal person—yoga can be suitably modified to match everyone's need. While yoga can improve your physical and mental fitness significantly, research studies are being conducted to study the effectiveness of yoga in preventing and/or treating various physical and psychological disorders. In this research article, we will see whether yoga can lower blood sugar level in diabetic people.
Let us first understand what is diabetes. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, diabetes is a disease affecting “the way the body uses food for energy and growth”. The food we eat is broken down into glucose, and our body needs the hormone insulin to use glucose. NCCIH categorises diabetes in three different types – type 1, type 2, and gestational. In the first type, people hardly produce any insulin, and not many people suffer from this type of diabetes. In type 2, people do not properly respond to insulin produced by their bodies. This is the most common type of diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women, which normally goes away after child birth. However, risk of mothers developing diabetes in later stages of life remains.
Since type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, we will see what research says about impact of yoga on controlling this type of diabetes. A research article published in 2007 in the Journal of The Association of Physicians in India states that yoga has a positive impact on lowering blood glucose levels. In this research, 108 patients with type 2 diabetes were studied for a period of six months. The article states that patients showed a significant improvement with a considerable fall in the fasting and post-prandial blood sugar levels. Additionally, the research study stated that was a reduction in drug requirement, and a significant decrease in the body fat and increase in the lean body mass. In the study, patients practised various asanas such as Dhanurasana, Ardhamatsayendrasana, Halasana, Vajrasana, Yogamudra, Shalabasana, Naukasana, and Bhujangasana. The research article states that Dhanurasana and Ardhamastsayendrasana were the effective asanas, whereas Yogamudra and Shalabasana worsened the diabetic status. Participants practised yoga postures for 45 minutes every day during the research period. Relaxation practices such as Shavasana and Makrasana were also included. To be more enlightened about Blood Sugar, Diabetes and Yoga visit aurawellnesscenter.com.